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2015 NFL Mock Draft: With The Twenty-Fourth Pick, The Arizona Cardinals Select...

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Since Bruce Arians arrived in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals have been one of the better teams in the NFL despite dealing with all injury after injury. Who will they add to the roster as the Cardinals try to take the next step in the postseason?

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While they haven't made much noise in playoffs yet, the Arizona Cardinals have quietly turned in double-digit win seasons since Bruce Arians was hired. Let's see how bt20 envisions them continuing to improve in 2015.

With the 24th pick in the 2015 BRB Mock Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Eli Harold (DE/OLB--Virginia).

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. An up and coming team thought to have all the parts to contend for a Superb Owl. Their roster is complete, with great (or at least adequate) coaching. They’re a real contender. The only thing standing in their way is a seemingly unbeatable division rival.

Just like the Texans, the Cardinals have a problem with their pass rush. Near the bottom of the first, I’m taking a shot on Eli Harold out of Virginia. Harold is explosive and lanky. He’s got athleticism to spare. His technique shows up on occasion, but will definitely need refining. A lot of his big plays just come from outrunning, running by, or running around offensive linemen. That said, the guy does hustle and never stops going after it, which works well for someone with athleticism like that.

Some knocks on him are that he comes in completely shredded, so he may not be able to add much more weight. As I said before, Harold may rely on his athleticism too much to be immediately effective at the next level as stronger guards and tackles will make him run around the play and take himself out of it, instead of just trying to bat the pass. His coverage skills are there, but they need work too.

If Harold was a perfect prospect, he’d have been off the board sooner. With all the sure bets gone, I think Harold is a good gamble for the Cardinals to take. Duke Johnson or another talented back can be taken in the 2nd with Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon off the board already. At No. 24, Eli Harold is one of the best pass rushing talents left, with great upside if he’s developed properly.

Some may say this is too early for Harold, but pass rushers are at a premium. If you think Harold can be a force off the edge, late in the first round is good value. What say you?

The Carolina Panthers and TexanStro are now on the clock. Since this post went up a bit late, we'll give him until 1 p.m. CDT to turn in his pick.

Recapping the first round of the 2015 BRB Mock Draft so far...

Team
Reader
Player Drafted
Pos
School
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers hlc1221 Jameis Winston QB FSU
2. Cleveland Browns (From Tennessee) Caprock High Football Leonard Williams DE/DT USC
3. Jacksonville Jaguars AFBuzz Vic Beasley OLB Clemson
4. Oakland Raiders HTown5 Amari Cooper WR Alabama
5. Washington Redskins BriceMcCainHOF Randy Gregory DE/LB Nebraska
6. New York Jets WotanTX Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
7. Chicago Bears DaJarBot Dante Fowler Jr OLB Florida
8. Atlanta Falcons grandmasteroz Alvin Dupree DE/OLB Kentucky
9. New York Giants Coolbreeze3 Danny Shelton DT Washington
10. St. Louis Rams El Torito Brandon Scherff OT Iowa
11 Minnesota Vikings Puma028 DeVante Parker WR Louisville
12. Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland) Huggy The Bear Shane Ray DE Missouri
13. New Orleans Saints UTBawse23 Trae Waynes CB Michigan State
14. Miami Dolphins Bleyd La'el Collins OT LSU
15. San Francisco 49ers fredy05 Rivers McCown Kevin White WR West Virginia
16. Houston Texans BRB Masthead Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA
17. San Diego Chargers traviscogg Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE/OLB UCLA
18. Kansas City Chiefs

Zach_The_Gamecock

Rivers McCown

Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M
19.Tennessee Titans (From Cleveland via Buffalo) Huggy The Bear Todd Gurley RB Georgia
20. Philadelphia Eagles gm.in.waiting Phillip Dorsett
WR
Miami
21. Cincinnati Bengals Free Range Malcolm Brown DT Texas
22. Pittsburgh Steelers bigralph Landon Collins S Alabama
23. Detroit Lions BostonianToro Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin
24. Arizona Cardinals bt20 Eli Harold DE/OLB Virginia
25. Carolina Panthers TexanStro


26. Baltimore Ravens Three and Out


27. Dallas Cowboys Roll.Texans.Roll


28. Denver Broncos BNew417


29. Indianapolis Colts Schaubshank Redemption


30. Green Bay Packers FeedEmToTheWolves8099


31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle) UTBawse23


32. New England Patriots MD.Texan


TIMING FOR SUBMITTING REMAINING PICKS:
Team
Reader
Pick Due By...
25. Carolina Panthers TexanStro 4/18 @ 1 p.m.
26. Baltimore Ravens Three and Out 4/18 @ 7 p.m.
27. Dallas Cowboys Roll.Texans.Roll 4/19 @ Noon
28. Denver Broncos BNew417 4/19 @ 7 p.m.
29. Indianapolis Colts Schaubshank Redemption 4/20 @ Noon
30. Green Bay Packers FeedEmToTheWolves8099 4/20 @ 7 p.m.
31. New Orleans Saints (From Seattle) UTBawse23 4/21 @ Noon
32. New England Patriots MD.Texan 4/21 @ 7 p.m.